Newsletter July 24 - 30
Spiny lobster seasons begin soon in Florida
The special two-day spiny lobster sport season comes first, July 27-28 this year, followed by the regular lobster season Aug. 6 through March 31. The special two-day sport season occurs on the last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday in July each year to let recreational harvesters collect spiny lobsters before commercial lobster traps are placed in the water Aug 1.
Construction begins to extend both ends of Naples Airport’s main runwayNAPLES — The Naples Airport Authority is moving forward with the airport’s runway extension project.."The airport authority’s priorities are sound attenuation, safety and service. Adding runway pavement furthers all three," the airport’s executive director Ted Soliday said in a prepared statement. "This may be the most significant step we can take to reduce aircraft-takeoff noise."Read more
Biting truth: Summer mosquitoes take flight as bad season continues - POLL
NAPLES — Southwest Florida remains on track for a record-breaking season, but instead of breaking out the champagne, you might want to reach for the “Off.”
Florida man wins Hemingway look-alike contest
Saturday night’s “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest is a highlight of Key West’s annual Hemingway Days. Finalists garbed in sportsmen’s attire were judged by past winners at Sloppy Joe’s Bar.
Seaside Dining, One of the perks of living in Southwest Florida is that the area is a boater’s paradise.
Naples is know for its fine waterfront dining and its breath taking sunsets. We have compiled a list of all of Naples and surrounding areas restaurants that are located either on the Venetian Bay, Naples Bay or directly on the Gulf of Mexico in wonderful southwest Florida.
Boom-ing season: The Philharmonic announces upcoming season lineup
By HARRIET HOWARD HEITHAUS Posted July 25, 2011 Coming to the Phil
Tickets will be available to individual performances as well as in packages beginning today for the Philharmonic Center for the Arts 2011-12 season. Prices: Daniels Pavilion events cost $39 and up; Hayes hall performance, $45 and up, depending on the show; some shows have a higher minimum ticket priceHow to buy: at the box office, 5833 Pelican Bay Blvd; by calling 597-1900; online at www.thephil.org; or by fax to 597-7856The Philharmonic Center for the Arts starts selling tickets today for a 2011-12 season that reflects a sea change from the “Greatest Generation” to baby boomers as the audience to court here. Witness the music, with a heaping helping of ’60s to ’80s pop-rock:
YOUR WEEK at a Glance
The Insider is taking a brief hiatus next week. But we’ll be back July 24.
Monday ( July 25th ) marks the third movie of the Fort Myers Film Festival Independent Film Summer Series. The “intellectualization” continues with Rainbow Town, a documentary about a Liberian orphanage and the amazing story behind the turn of events for its 86 residents. The film plays at 6:30 p.m. at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and will be followed by discussion (www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com, 333-1933).
Original artists will showcase their singing and songwriting skills Wednesday( July 27th ) with Open Mic Nite at Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits. Break out your hand-scripted tunes or enjoy the show from off the stage, 7-11 p.m. (431-7928, www.fredsdiner.com).
Blue Martini celebrates two years at Mercato, Naples, this Wednesday ( July 27th ). Dress to impress and join the Sparkle Party from 8-10 p.m. with hand-passed appetizers, live music by Remix and complimentary champagne for the ladies (591-2583, www.bluemartinilounge.com).
YOUR WEEKEND TOP 5
With free admission to Lee County Parks this weekend, it’s time to do some shelling along Bowman’s Beach.
1 Head outdoors with your friends and family this weekend to take advantage of free admission to all Lee County parks. Fees also are waived at county boat ramps and pools, all to celebrate the end of National Park and Recreation Month (533-7275, www.leeparks.org).
2 Heat up tonight with the Art League of Fort Myers' Sizzling Summer exhibit. See a variety of two-dimensional work by members of the Art Council of Southwest Florida, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, prints, photography and fiber. Visit the gallery show any time from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. before its last day, Saturday (275-3970, www.artleagueoffortmyers.org).
3 Take a cast netting lesson at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. You and the whole family can learn from a park ranger the fundamentals of cast netting and how to catch your own bait (597-6196, www.floridastateparks.org/delnorwiggins).
4 Turn your Friday night out into a feel-good event with Celebrity Bartender Night at Shula’s Steak House, Hilton Naples. Former Miami Dolphin Charlie Babb will be behind the bar, and from 5-7 p.m., all bar gratuities go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Southern Florida.
5 Wish Henry Ford a happy birthday on Saturday by visiting the Edison and Ford Winter Estates. His 148th will be honored with behind-the-scenes tours of “The Mangoes” winter estate of the Ford family every half hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The inside look is free to Estates members and also included in the price of the homes and garden tour (334-7419 ,www.edisonfordwinterestates.org
Naples Meetup Calendar
FREE Summer Jazz On The Gulf Concert Series
Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd N, Naples, FL
Beautiful Southwest Florida sunsets and refreshing Gulf breezes provide the perfect backdrop for the 26th annual "Summer Jazz on the Gulf," a free concert series in Naples at The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club's expansive Watkins Lawn overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. We suggest you park at Lowdermilk Park and take the trolley over. Much better than lugging your chair from far away street parking. Dress for cool comfort. Water bottles & battery operated fans, highly recommended. Concert is from 7 - 10.
Saturday, July 23rd.......................Late Night BrassSaturday, August 27th.....................Monique and NuVibeSaturday, September 24th..................Blue `Dice
Volleyball at Naples Pier
Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 6:00 PMNaples Pier25 12th Ave S, Naples, FL
WEDNESDAY Nordic Walking @ 6:00 PM !!Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 6:00 PM
Beach Parking at 14th Avenue South, Olde Naples.This walk takes us 5 miles roundtrip on the beach from 14th Ave South in Olde Naples to Gordon Pass & back..
Dance All NightWednesday, July 27, 2011, 7:00 PM
The Sandy Parrot17200 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL (map)Tables reserved in Debbie's name
Come out for a great night of dancing to the classics. Alter Ego, one of our favorite bands, w/b playing 7:30-10:30.
Here's to making new friends and having some fun!Girls' Night Out! is a social group for women 20-50 who reside in the Naples/Fort Myers area. Married, single... whatever - just a great, fun group of ladies who meetup and enjoy making friends.Let's try some restaurants, hit happy hour, listen to live music, dance, see a movie, ice skate, or simply meet-up for coffee... the possibilities are endless! Please feel free to email me with any event suggestions.
Thursday, July 28, 2011, 8:00 PMNeeds a location Coming soon!
Jennifer's big debut on Burn Notice is coming up! Come to my house (in Naples) to watch and celebrate. Come at 8:00, bring a snack or a drink to share. We'll watch Burn Notice at 9:00 and Jennifer will be available for autographs at 10:00. Girls' Night Out! (Naples/Fort Myers)
FREE Comedy show & cover into Groovestreet afterwards.8595 College Pkwy, Fort Myers,
Happy Hour Party at Groove Street & Laugh- In Comedy Café • Every person that shows up at Happy Hour will receive a free ticket to the 8p.m. comedy show. ($12 Value)
• Happy Hour is from 5p.m. to 7p.m. (I won't get there til 6)
• Regular sized hamburgers are $3
• Wells, wines, sodas and domestic beers are $3
• All appetizers are half price.
• All Happy Hour specials End Promptly at 7p.m.
• Comedy Club doors open at 7p.m. The show starts at 8p.m. You must have a blue comedy club ticket from you waitress to enter Laugh-In for FREE. Waitresses will pass comedy club tickets after the tabs are closed.
• You can order food & drinks in the comedy club.
• All Comedy Club participants receive free cover back into Groove Street after the show.
Saturday, July 30, 2011, 9:30 AM
J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Sanctuary1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL (map)
LET'S MAKE A DAY OF IT ON SANIBEL SEE OTHER CALENDAR POSTINGS LATER ON FOR THIS DAY IF YOU AREN'T INTERESTED IN THIS EVENT. SET YOUR ALARM LIKE I WILL BE DOING FOR THIS ONE IF AREN'T ALREADY UP AND ABOUT THIS EARLY ON A SATURDAY. I'M DRIVING FROM SOUTH EAST NAPLES.
THE TOLL BRIDGE COST $6.00PER SUGGESTION FROM A MEMBER WE'RE VISITING DING DARLING. CLICK ON LINKS BELOW FOR INFORMATION. ADMISSION IS $5.00http://www.fws.gov/dingdarling/pdf/Ding%20D...
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